Fund raises almost £1.4m in donations but will the dogs’ home arsonist be hounded?

Manchester dogs blaze arson 60 dead over £1 million justgiving

The sum raised so far, with tax repayable on donations, is £1,707,414!

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Rescue centre fire kills 60 dogs, but will the arsonist be safe?

The fund to help the fire-ravaged Manchester Dogs Home has now reached almost £1.5m – well over two million US dollars – a formidable sum when you consider that it happened less than 72 hours previously. With government gift aid, the repayment of tax on the donation, the sum is now over £1.7m – almost USD$2.8m

The fire is nothing short of a ghastly tragedy in a country where dog ownership in the population is extremely high and, not to put too fine a point on it, many animal lovers prefer their pet to humankind. I am sure that the seemingly unstoppable fund will help the animal rescue centre to rebuild the home and go from strength to strength, an admirably fitting memorial to the dogs that died, but what will happen to the person or persons responsible for this callous, inhumane behaviour?

A Manchester police spokesman confirmed yesterday evening that a 15-year-old boy had been detained on suspicion of arson following the fire. Whatever your opinion of the arsonist, and I’m sure the vast majority of people will have strong opinions about this, the likelihood is that the fire was set by a child. Hopefully, when due process is complete, we will have a guilty verdict on the person or persons responsible, but how will they be protected from the backlash from animal lovers who are already expressing outrage at this act?

Manchester Police need to think this one through: the person or persons responsible for the needless and wanton slaughter of so many dogs may need police protection when the dust settles. The resulting anger is completely understandable, but two wrongs don’t make a right and I could well imagine that this person’s life is at risk if he is identified and his whereabouts publicly known.

Manchester Dogs’ Home blaze kills dozens of animals


London burns …


The devastation visited upon London is beyond the comprehension of most of us who live elsewhere and so is the reason why this has happened. The situation was not helped by David Cameron and some of his cohorts not returning soon enough, as it seems to most casual observers that a state of emergency should have been declared, complete with a curfew by Sunday evening. The army should have been called out on Monday evening. I feel that David Cameron should resign over this as his appalling lack of attention to this has allowed this situation to spin out of control.

What must be made clear to the youth of London that feel they can commit these actions is that he rest of the population will not tolerate this. They are bringing this situation perilously close to street warfare with some of those opposed to their actions. The sentences for those found guilty must reflect the seriousness of this situation; an example must be made of these people that will act as a deterrent to others tempted to continue this anarchy.
What is even more apparent is that this was completely predictable. Cutting police budgets and manpower at a time when it must have been clear that a deep and difficult recession was upon us is one of the most remarkable blunders that I have ever heard of. It is reminiscent of the withdrawal of seaborne protection for the Falkland Islands that brought the Argentinian invasion. The only difference is that we were able to mount a response to the occupation of the Falklands. It is difficult to see what preventative strategies can be employed to stop this happening again. Water cannons, maybe?

How is this for complete depravity?

It needs no further comment.